Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has revealed that he intends to retire from international football after World Cup 2014.
The 34-year-old believes that since winning the Champions League with Chelsea, he now had little to achieve in the footballing world, with a lasting impact for the Elephants the only task left.
At a press conference in Abidjan on Thursday ahead of the qualifier against Tanzania, Drogba said he would do his best to help the team reach the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and leave a memorable legacy because it will be the last time local fans will see him in the Ivorian jersey.
“I’m certainly living my last days with the national team, and the match against Tanzania on Saturday will be one of my last games here at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium,” Drogba said.
“However, I’ll do my best to leave something memorable for fans, and after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I think I’ll be quitting international football for good.”
The striker also revisited their failure to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which Zambia scraped on penalties.
“It’s true winning the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea brought much joy to Ivorian fans, but it cannot blot out the nightmare of February 12 in Libreville (Gabon), the day we bitterly lost the 2012 Afcon to Zambia. It is still very fresh and hurting. We hope to make up for it in the upcoming edition,” he said.
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